SBA News: National Small Business Week Summit, Cyber Tips and Training

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National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit

Three-Day Live Summit of Learning and Online Education Sessions for Small Businesses

SBA's 2021 National Small Business Week Virtual Summit will be held on Sept. 13-15, 2021. This year’s events will spotlight the resilience of America’s entrepreneurs and the renewal of the small business economy as they build back better from the economic crisis brought on by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. The virtual summit will honor the nation’s 30 million small businesses for their perseverance, ingenuity, triumphs, and creativity.   

Along with our summit partner SCORE — the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors — we will share important information about the many programs and services available to help businesses start and grow, build resilience and support, retain employees, discover new markets, and join key networks.

To register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit and to learn more, please visit

cybersecurity tips

Cyber Essentials Toolkit

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infastructure Security Agency has created a guide for leaders of small businesses as well as leaders of small and local government agencies to develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices.

Check out their Cyber Essentials webpage to download the Starter Kit and more.

Upcoming SBA Training

The SBA Minnesota District Office is hosting training webinars to provide SBA to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

To learn more and register today, visit the links below:

  • Steps for Starting a Small Business
    August 11, 12 p.m.; Register
  • Ready: Business Startup Basics 
    August 12, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Veteran's Resource Brief
    Aug 14, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Pasos simples para iniciar un negocio en Minnesota
    August 18, 2 p.m.; Register
  • Set: Becoming Credit-Ready 
    August 19, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Go: Finding Additional Support and Resources 
    August 26, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Doing Business with the States of MN, ND, SD
    Sept. 14, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, A Legal Overview
    Oct. 5, 9 a.m.; Register

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SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Prevailing Wage Seminar (Department of Labor)
    Aug. 11, 12, or 25; Learn More
  • Getting Ready - For early-stage businesses (WomenVenture)
    Aug. 11; Learn More
  • Understanding Your Business Finances (SBDC)
    Aug. 11; Learn More
  • Scrappy Branding (SCORE) 
    Aug. 12; Learn More
  • Business Planning using a Bubble Chart Road Map (SBDC)
    August 12; Learn More
  • Veteran Women Support Group Session (VBOC)
    Aug. 12; Learn More
  • Optimizing Your Pricing Strategy to Maximize Profits (SCORE)
    Aug. 12; Learn More
  • A Simple Process to Manage Your Time and Identify Which Items to Delegate (SCORE)
    Aug. 19; Learn More
  • WomenVenture Services Overview
    Aug 19; Learn More
  • Profit Mastery - 2 Days in Duluth (SBDC)
    Aug. 19-20; Learn More
  • Writing Your Technical Business Plan (SCORE)
    Aug. 24; Learn More
  • Google Analytics 2.0 - Beyond The Basics (SCORE)
    Aug. 24; Learn More
  • Marketing Your Business Using Website Techniques and Your Google My Business Listing (SBDC)
    Aug. 24; Learn More
  • To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate Your Business? That is the Question (SCORE)
    Aug. 24; Learn More

Stay Updated

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